Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Sick baby

He seems like he is on the upswing, but a gut monster is still bothering him. No vomit, but until a couple of days ago he was feverish. :( Pedialyte, probiotics, and stool bulking foods are the nurse's orders, and I am hoping they help. I am bummed he doesn't feel good, just one of the many reasons being I want to go to spinning tomorrow my first week with my new wheel, but even though he is getting better, I don't think he'd allow me to put him in his pack n play for long.

Sigh. I have lots of questions about producing and selling hanspun. Right now I am spinning some chocolate brown natural alpaca from Tactile, and I am in loooove. But I have questions like what alpaca is best suited for. I am spinning it laceweight for the singles, but was thinking of doing a 2-ply with it ( I only have 3 bobbins ) to get fingering weight. Would it be suitable for dress socks? It is heavenly soft for next-t0-skin. I plan on selling it if it turns out salesworthy so I can reinvest in new fiber to spin for sale and replace the alpaca with more for myself at OFFF. And I have selling etiquette questions. I may try to go tomorrow if he keeps improving today.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

My first wheel!

I bought a Schacht Ladybug at Sock Summit on Friday from Carolina Homespun! It came with the Lazy Kate included. :D So I spun and plied some superwash merino in celebration! A nice and fluffy (intentionally) worsted to bulky yarn. It is my first wheel-spun.

happy dance!
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Airstream Before

Here is a collage of before pics. We are doing some demolition today, and will take more pics after that!
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Go RVing! In an Airstream!

We bought a 1971 Airstream International Sovereign Land Yacht today! 31' from hitch to bumper, 27' inside space, and mostly gutted. But it was cheeeeeeap! $700. We will be converting it into a toyhauler, while still trying to honor the legend that it is. It will be a lot of work, but the result will be totally worth it. So every now and then, guess what I will be blogging about... the renovation process! I am excited. Once it is done, we will be traveling in style with our bank account still intact. A brand new toyhauler this size would be about $40, 000, for reference.